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Pinchgut Playlist: Régnez, amour! Best of Pinchgut Love songs - Part 2

By Pinchgut Opera | Blog, Playlist | 12 Jun 2020 |

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With Love our souls inspire!” Love is probably one of the defining features of baroque opera and it is most definitely a defining principle here at Pinchgut Opera. Everything we do is motivated by love and joy. Baroque aesthetics requires that performers feel the emotion that the we hope to inspire in their audience. In that spirit, we certainly hope that the love we feel in our music-making flows to you, our audience. In this vein, I’ve put together some of the best choruses and songs from Pinchgut productions that celebrate the triumphs and trammels of love. This is the second in a series dedicated to the theme of love.

Stay safe and healthy! 

Warmest,
Erin


1) Amore sings to the sleeping Poppea, warning her that her incautious sleepiness puts her in danger from the vengeful Ottone. Listen to the delicate sounds of the harp and organ with Roberta Diamond as Amore.

2) Love can be sweet, but it can also be cruel! In the opening aria of Dardanus “Cesse, cruel Amour, de régner sur mon âme”, Iphise laments that she is in love with Dardanus, the deadly enemy of her father Teucer,

3) The love duet from Giasone. This was the prototype of all operatic love duets! A comic scene between Alinda and Ercole, this develops into a charming duet in which the characters sing “no more war, no more trumpets, no more timpani—just loving!”

4) The final transcendent scene from Castor et Pollux: “Tendre amour, qu'il est doux de porte tes chaînes.” Rameau’s conjoining of chorus and solo voice create an extraordinary effect.

5) Our insertion aria in Vivaldi Bajazet: Irene sings of her love for Tamerlano. A spooky and eerily beautiful piece: a love song over a lament bass. Here sung by the great Helen Sherman.

6-8) The final scene from Theodora. We have the love duet between Theodora and Didymus and then the concluding chorus: “O Love divine, thou Source of Fame.”



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